Bonnifer Ballard, MLD, CAE will join MVMA as our new CEO on June 3rdShe has held leadership positions with several scientific, healthcare, and human rights organizations, bringing a wealth of association management experience to her role. She joins MVMA, after completing a decade-long tenure with the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association (MI-AWWA) as their executive director. While there, Ballard cultivated a strong staff team, grew programs and services, and helped lead the organization through several strategic issues.

“We are excited to have Bonnifer Ballard as our new CEO,” said Dana  Tatman-Lilly, DVM, MS, current MVMA president. "Her experience in non-profit associations will continue to support the advancement of the MVMA and help us to serve our members as well as the veterinary community in the state of Michigan in the coming years.” 

“I am honored to have been selected as the next MVMA CEO, helping veterinarians with future opportunities and challenges in ensuring animal well-being, protecting human health, and maintaining excellence in veterinary medicine,” said Ms. Bonnifer. “I look forward to working with the Board and our members not only to meet those challenges but thrive in an ever-changing landscape.”

Ballard holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Cleary University and a Master’s degree in Leadership Development from North Central College. Ballard is a U.S. Navy veteran, rides a Honda VTX 1300, and lives in west Michigan with her husband, Todd, and her two dogs, Nala and Jack.